It is Wednesday, 27 days until Election Day, 6 days until Your Trusty Blogger can vote early.
Instead of a cute animal video, I present a hero: LeBron James. His organization More Than a Vote is stepping up to help Harris County absentee voters get a ride to the ONE (1) ballot dropoff location for our 1,777 square mile county.
We must be heard!!!. Thank you @lyft for supporting our fight against voter suppression. @morethanavote #BlackLivesMatter 🙏🏾👑 https://t.co/NerFIjNF2H
— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 7, 2020
And I can not stress this enough: FUCK YOU, GREG ABBOTT.
We’re going to keep this brief today because we will certainly have plenty to talk about tomorrow, what with the Vice Presidential debate that is set to take place tonight (but in this batshit insane year WHO EVEN KNOWS).
First up: The New York Times revealed that President Patient Zero has not been tested every day:
There were no answers, either, on when Mr. Trump last tested negative for the virus — a crucial piece of information that the White House and Dr. Conley have refused to answer and would establish the known state of Mr. Trump’s health before the presidential debate last Tuesday or before he attended a fund-raiser in New Jersey on Thursday. The White House first made public that Mr. Trump had tested positive early last Friday.
Two officials maintained that Mr. Trump had been tested before the presidential debate, but the White House has yet to affirm that.
White House officials conceded on Tuesday that there had been an impression created that Mr. Trump was getting tested every day, and a reliance on testing as if it were a curative measure as opposed to a diagnostic.
Yet the president himself was not tested every day, according to two people familiar with the practices. A senior administration official would only say on Tuesday that Mr. Trump was tested “regularly.” Mr. Trump himself told reporters in the White House briefing room in July that “I do take probably on average a test every two days, three days.”
Why is this important? Because we don’t know when he contracted the virus, and to whom else he might have given it. Remember, between September 25 and last week, this fucker was flying all over the damn country, potentially seeding the entire East Coast with COVID-19.
But, hey, now that he’s caught it, been treated, and is back in the comfort of his own home, he’s going to take it seriously, and isolate himself in the residence, right?
“When a boss comes down with Covid, whether that boss is the president, a CEO, a principal at a school, a union foreman on a shop floor, and the boss shows up for work, it sends a very worrisome message to all of those around the boss,” said Ari Fleischer. https://t.co/R0rDaXWCEJ
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 7, 2020
NEW: WH advisors Larry Kudlow says “President actually showed up in Oval Office yesterday w/extra precautions with respect to his COVID-19." @CBSNews
— Paula Reid (@PaulaReidCBS) October 7, 2020
Kudlow declined to say whether or not President Wheezy was wearing a mask. I think we all know what that means.
But then, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows had to come play clean up:
UPDATE: Mark Meadows tells me Larry Kudlow misspoke. President Trump, he says, did NOT go to the Oval Office yesterday. https://t.co/vrpgYw8VpM
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) October 7, 2020
Thank goodness Mark Meadows has terrific credibility and no record of lying to reporters.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 7, 2020
So who knows. But what we do know is that the White House distributed a memo to employees about how to be around the President safely:
… within six feet [of the President] people must use sanitizer and “remove any outer garments,” according to the memo. “Ensure you are wearing the following Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). PPE is provided in the Isolation Cart” that’s located “in the foyer area of the second floor residence and the outer Oval Office,” the memo stated.
The memo listed the types of equipment, including, “Yellow gown,” “Surgical mask,” “Protective eye wear” and “Gloves.”
TOTALLY NORMAL AND PERFECTLY FINE.
As for who has tested positive in his orbit since we last talked:
- Daytime vampire Stephen Miller
- Harrison W. Fields, an assistant press secretary
- Jalen Drummond, an assistant press secretary
- An unnamed valet
And somehow I neglected to mention yesterday that the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff are currently quarantining after Coast Guard Admiral Ray tested positive.
OH! And happy four-year anniversary to the Access Hollywood tape release. Remember how sure you were that it would be the end of Now President Pussy Grabber? Yeah … that might be the last time I felt actual joy. Please do not take Biden’s lead for granted, and make a plan to vote, because I can not take four more years of this insanity.
I am putting this dumb story about a Tyler County grand jury delivering an indictment to Netflix over Cuties for “knowingly promote visual material which depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age at the time the visual material was created, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex, and has no serious, literary, artistic, political, or scientific value,” under “POLITICAL CRAP” because this is just a dumb election year stunt.
CNN’s Joe Johns scaring off a White House racoon is a metaphor.
Oh my god. @joejohnscnn telling a raccoon to get lost is giving me life.
— Donie O'Sullivan (@donie) October 7, 2020
FBI is resuming filming for CBS.
This week’s musical guest on Saturday Night Live, Morgan Wallen, appears to be a complete idiot who has been partying maskless in crowded bars and kissing fans THIS WEEK. Replace him, SNL.
Another movie has been pushed to 2022: Jurassic World: Dominion will now premiere in June of that year, that is if there are any movie theaters for it to open in by then …
Also in serious trouble: Broadway.
Over in the U.K., Netflix is donating more money to The Film And TV Charity to help film, television, and cinema workers who are most affected by the economic damage caused by this virus.
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Marc Maron is asking Netflix to let them end GLOW with a two-hour movie. DO IT. DO ITTTTTTT, NETFLIX. Also, bring Teenage Bounty Hunters while you’re at it.
And if you loved GLOW as much as I did, you should read Betty Gilpin’s love letter/eulogy for the show:
“GLOW was cancelled. I am sad. It was the best job I’ll ever have. Our business is a strange mix of attempting childhood dreams to a room full of asleep people and shirking dignity for awake tomato-throwers for rent. This was one of those extremely rare times where we got to do the dream for awake people. And it didn’t disappear in an audition room or unsent email. We did it on a show, recorded it all, I swear. Thirty episodes.
If you like me are feeling insane at waking up every morning to check your phone to see if the emperor having no clothes counts as being immune-compromised, and you need a break, I have a recommendation. It’s not world changing—we need to do that most right now, and focus our efforts there. But. If in between fighting you need an escape, I suggest watching GLOW. “
While we’re discussing Netflix (BRING THEM BACK!!!), they are testing a feature that will allow you to turn off that judgy “Still watching?” prompt.
OOH, might The Outsider be receiving a second season? IF WE ARE LUCKY.
Dan Levy is disappointed in you, India Comedy Central:
You showed the kiss between two women, you showed the kiss between a woman and a man, then removed the kiss between two men? This is a show about the power of inclusivity. The censorship of gay intimacy is making a harmful statement against that message. #loveislove https://t.co/3ouNbuetq1
— dan levy (@danjlevy) October 6, 2020
More details keep coming out from this book about Game of Thrones by James Hibberd, Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon: Game of Thrones, and the Official Untold Story of the Epic Series, including Emilia Clarke’s VERY DARK theory about what happened to Daenerys and Drogon. (She’s wrong, by the way, he totally goes back to Volantis.)
And it turns out Benioff and Weiss had a LOT of bad ideas, including making the Onion Knight hot for Missandi (which Liam Cunningham was able to talk them out of) and Missandi and Grey Worm were originally siblings. Gross. Also, one actor was super pissed about being killed off, and fought with Benioff and Weiss, but did not prevail. I’m guessing it was SPOILER FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT WATCHED YET: Barristan Selmy, maybe Varys (although his death was close to the end … so probably Barristan Selmy, whose death was bullshit).
One last note (at least for today): Hodor’s “hold the door” moment might play out a little — BUT ONLY A VERY LITTLE — differently in the book.
- The Outpost has been renewed for a fourth season at The CW.
- Tamron Hall has been renewed for a third season.
- Spitting Image has been renewed for a second season on BritBox.
- The Cleaners, a sci-fi series from the creator of The OA, is in the works at Amazon.
- The Supermodels, a docuseries about Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, and Linda Evangelista, is coming to Apple TV+.
- Passenger List, a mystery thriller podcast, is being adapted into a TV series.
- Earthsound, a 12-part natural history series is coming to Apple TV+.
- Lumberjanes, an animated series, is in development at HBO Max.
- Godzilla: Singular Point, an anime series, has been ordered at Netflix.
- Batwheels, an animated series, is being developed for Cartoon Network and HBO Max.
- The fabulous Paula Pell is joining the cast of Girls5Eva on Peacock.
- Elisabeth Moss will play Katie Hill in an adaptation of Hill’s memoir.
- Leslie Jordan will host Squeaky Clean on Quibi.
- Tony Chung is joining the cast of Kung Fu on The CW.
- Keith Olbermann is leaving ESPN. Again.
Mark Your Calendars
- Grand Army will premiere on Netflix on October 16.
- Bad Hombres will debut on Showtime on October 16.
- Exhumed: A History of Zombies will air on PBS on October 30.
- Small Axe will debut on Amazon on November 20.
- Food Network has released its Thanksgiving programming dates.
Johnny Nash, Singer best known for “I Can See Clearly Now” and Houston native
Edward S. Feldman, Producer of movies including Witness and The Tuman Show
The Vice Presidential Debate: FINISH HIM. 8 p.m., ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, PBS, C-SPAN
Devils: Patrick Dempsey stars in this financial conspiracy thriller. Series premiere. 7 p.m., The CW
Paranormal: Captured: Yet another ghost show with PICTURES. oooOOOOooooo (I’ve already set my DVR.) Series premiere. 9 p.m., Travel
Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones, Parts 1, 2, & 3: The mostly missing 8th serial from the fourth season of Doctor Who has been animated for this new special. Premiere. 7 p.m., BBC America
To the Lake: “Facing the end of civilization when a terrifying plague strikes, a group risks their lives, loves — and humanity — in a brutal struggle to survive.” REALLY, NETFLIX? NOW? Series premiere. Netflix
Hubie Halloween: Adam Sandler plays Hubie, a figure of mockery in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, who is the only one who can save Halloween in this new film. Good luck getting rid of the pandemic, Hubie. Netflix
Books of Blood: Clive Barker’s stories get the anthology treatment in this new series. Hulu
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Maya Rudolph, Matt Bomer, 070 Shake
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: America Ferrera, Ina Garten, David Remnick
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Pete Buttigieg, Future Islands
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Gloria Steinem, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, Conan Gray
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Billy Crystal, Jaime Harrison, Natanael Cano
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Watch What Happens Live: The Golden Robes Show
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